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GH2006: GAELIC FOLKLORE (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course is an introduction to the wonderful world of Gaelic folklore.  The course will look at the traditional belief systems of the Scottish Gaels with regard to the second sight, fairies and the supernatural.  Students will learn about folk healing and rituals about birth, death and marriage. Additionally students will look at some examples of traditional Gaelic stories, handed down for hundreds of years before finally being written. Students will learn about the different Gaelic song types and traditions.  In looking at the songs and stories, students will also learn about the people who collected these folk items.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Thomas McKean
  • Dr Michelle MacLeod

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will consist of 2 one-hour classes per week. Students will be introduced to key concepts in lectures, while a revision tutorial will be used to consolidate information, to check understanding and to analyse specific texts in greater detail. The course will focus on a variety of aspects of folklore and folklore studies, such as: collectors and collecting, rites of passage and practices, Gaelic songs, custom and belief as well as the practical elements of ethnological study. The emphasis in this course is to encourage students to do independent research and give a presentation on the topic as part of their continuous assessment.

Further Information & Notes

All texts are delivered in English or with translation.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • In-class test (40%)
  • In-Archive exercise (20%)
  • 1200 - 1500 word essay (40%)


  • Re-submission of failed elements within the assessment suite

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment of tutorial and seminar participation.


The above assessments are given CGS marks, and written or verbal feedback is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is also given in tutorials.

Course Learning Outcomes


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